Simmer Down // 5SOS

“Why? What’s going on?” I looked over his shoulder and saw a bunch of girls outside the doors, singing something loudly.
“...standing there, in my American Apparel underwear...”
Ciara stood up and wiped her hands nervously on her skirt.
“Oh my god.”
Beck nodded, and grinned. “Don’t get too excited. They’re due to pull up-“ he looked down at his watch, “right about now.”
As if on cue, a familiar black car drew up to the front of the Hilton, and Beck moved back to the door. Ciara brushed her hair out of her face and shot me a quick smile.
“Just act normal,” she whispered. I frowned. What the hell?
Wait on a second. Special guests, Ciara said. Fancy cars on the street. Screaming girls. Of course. I put the pieces together, knowing what was about to happen next but really, really, REALLY not wanting to believe it.
Out of all the places in Sydney with vacancies for a summer job, I choose the one accommodating 5 Seconds of Summer.
'Us.' Ashton walked up to the counter and grinned.


4. Educashton: Lesson 1

yayyy an extra chapter because i’ve been so lazy! hope you like this one, it was really fun to write :) more coming soon! also, keep commenting, you’re all amazing :)

love emma xx


I barged in, and plonked down on her bed, flat on my back. My head was full of dark thoughts about Ashton, and I didn’t know where to start, so I vented the feelings by remaining silent. A very cranky, angry, hateful silence.

Of course, Ciara noticed straight away.

‘Hi to you too, then. What’s bitten you?’

She sat down at her desk, in front of her laptop. I groaned and rolled over.

‘How do you not see that Ashton, and probably the rest of his cocky little band 5 Seconds of Winter, are all total snobs?’

She clicked on something, not missing a beat. ‘Summer. 5 Seconds of Summer.

I groaned again, louder. ‘I know.’

She swiveled her chair around to face me.

‘And exactly.’

She calmly picked at her nails, one by one, before looking down at me with a smirk.

I sat up straight and crossed my legs.

‘Exactly what?’

She stood up suddenly, and flicked off all the lights except for 3, shining like spotlights onto a big classroom whiteboard. Ummm, what’s going on?

‘Em, you know nothing about 5 Seconds of Summer. And that’s where I can help. Observe.’

Ciara flipped the board over to the other side. There, on the white surface, were 4 enlarged and cut-out faces - 4 very familiar faces. She continued, smiling at my stunned expression.

‘Exhibit #1.’ Ciara pointed viciously at the first face - the paler boy with bright blue hair. ‘Michael Gordon Clifford. Mikey to people of the 5SOS Family.’

I decided not to ask what that meant.

‘Plays guitar and sings sometimes. He’s a hardcore gamer, and loves to sleep in. He would rather eat a whole jar of vegemite than shave off his hair, and it’s naturally blonde.’

I raised an eyebrow and she shrugged. ‘He changes it often. It was galaxy-coloured once.’

Well then.

She jabbed the ruler at the second cut-out - the blonde boy.

‘ Exhibit #2 - Lucas Robert Hemmings, Luke for short.’ She paused. ‘Well, Luke always, unless it’s a fan-fiction, Tumblr url or you’re teasing him. But anyway. Lead vocalist and guitarist of 5SOS. He likes penguins, and is probably the most responsible of the band. He eats the most, and can snowboard really well. Luke is also the tallest, and youngest of the band.’

I put my hand up cautiously, and she looked at me.


‘Yeah. Where’d you get the whiteboard from?’

She rolled her eyes. ‘I borrowed it from one of the function rooms. Can I continue now?’

I kept my straight face. ‘Yes, please do.’

‘Good. Okay. Exibit #3 - Calum Thomas Hood, or Cal if you need it any shorter.’ Her ruler whacked the tanned cheek of the third boy, the one with dark hair. ‘Calum is the bassist of 5SOS and sings too. He represented Australia in soccer and he is half-Kiwi, half Scottish. Not asian. He also prefers brown hair on girls - so technically, you’re in. Got it?’

I pretended to finish taking notes, flourishing my hand unnecessarily.

‘Whatever. But get ready to take even more, because here’s the one you’ve been waiting for, Emma-‘ Ciara pointed the ruler at the last face on the board. Ashton.

She noticed my look of disgust and grinned. ‘Yes. Exhibit #4 - Ashton Fletcher Irwin, or Ash. The drummer of 5SOS and very rarely, vocalist. He used to be a state-level swimmer and loves his family very much - he has two younger siblings. His favourite colour is red, and he’s probably the most embarrassing member of 5 Seconds of Summer, according to himself. He is also a big fan of --- Emma Davies!’

She turned to me with a sly grin and I moaned.

‘Oh, please!’

Standing up, I picked a texta from her drawer and added two devil horns and a tail to Ashton’s face. Then for good measure, I drew a moustache and thick eyebrows, before returning to the bed. Ciara laughed.

‘Real mature, Ms Davies. Real mature. Can I continue with your educ-ashton now?’

I rolled my eyes and she laughed.

‘The band started with Luke. He was covering songs, and putting them up on YouTube. He was friends with Calum at the time, and soon enough, Calum was singing and playing in the videos too. Michael joined a little after, and then they decided they needed a real drummer - cue Ashton.’ She pointed at Ashton’s cut-out again.

‘They grew from a small-Sydney-suburd-garage-highschool-band to a world famous group of boys, especially after touring with One Direction just last year.’

I stuck a finger into my mouth and pretended to vomit.

‘Emma, they’re the funniest, loveliest, kindest, greatest band to ever walk this Earth,’ she pulled out her laptop, ‘which brings me to my next exhibit.’

I pulled a pillow over my head. What, is their some secret 5th member of 5SOS that I need to be aware of?

‘Watch this video.’

Ciara plonked herself down next to me and pushed the pillow off my face. I grunted, and forced myself to focus on the screen.

It was a video on YouTube - 5 Seconds of Summer play 5 Seconds of Snogging. Eww! I made a face, but kept watching.

I sat there as on screen, the band made Ashton kiss several different objects including a kiwi fruit, a hotdog and Calum. Ciara was watching me very closely, but I didn’t laugh. Not out loud anyway - it was funny, but I thought Ashton was being a wuss. He wouldn’t even kiss the hotdog properly. I had to admit, I almost smiled when he guessed an Ewok after kissing the puppy, but I held it in. Because Ashton was a dick and didn’t deserve my laughter. And also, Ciara would’ve jumped on me.

As soon as the video ended, Ciara snapped her laptop shut.

‘Emma, you are one tough egg.’

I smiled sweetly. I know.

‘Okay, maybe they’re not all totally douchey-‘

‘Aha!’ Ciara whipped back around and jabbed her finger at me. ‘I knew it! I cracked the egg! Hallelujah!’

She laughed out loud and raised her hands to the ceiling. Oops, gotta turn this back around quickly.

‘Hey, hey hey. Hold up a second, Ashton-‘

‘-is still a dick, I get it. I’ll work on that part bit by bit.’

I opened my mouth, then shut it. She obviously wasn’t finished.

‘Okay, I’m going to test you. When I tap on one of these pretty faces here, you gotta tell me their name, what they play and your truthful and honest opinion on them.’


‘Your time starts NOW!’

She grabbed the ruler and whacked it down on the face of...

‘Calum!’ I looked at Ciara for confirmation and she nodded.

‘Uhh. Calum Hood? Plays, um, bass, and sings a bit.’

I paused, and Ciara looked at me expectantly.

‘What do you think about him? Honestly?’

Ugh, fine.

‘Um, he seems cute, and pretty hot. Looks like an alright guy, friendly, funny, all that. And playing bass makes him even cooler.’

I let out a giggle, surprising myself, and caught Ciara’s smug grin.


She tapped on the blonde boy’s cheek gently, looking at him with an adoring look on her face. I grinned.

‘Luke Hemmings, lead singer and guitarist of 5 Seconds of Summer. Possibly future competition for Beck, hey?’

She blushed. ‘Shut up, and keep talking.’

‘He’s also pretty hot, and talk which is good. His voice is amazing. Loving the hair. Oh, and he seems, like, sensible, but fun.’

Ciara nodded approvingly, and the ruler moved to-

‘Mikey, or Michael Clifford. Sings and plays guitar. He has the absolute coolest hair I’ve ever seen, and he’s also hot. He seems like the funniest guy, and he obviously has the best sense of humour.’

I rattled off, not even caring about what Ciara was thinking. To be honest, they really did strike me as 3 nice guys. I couldn’t remember why I had thought they were snobs now - they were hot, bad-ass musicians, funny as hell and all evidence suggested they were great people. But then-

‘Ashton. Ashton Irwin, drummer of 5SOS.’

Ciara smiled. ‘Correct. And?’

‘Honestly? I think he is still a dick, who’s fame has gone to his head and blown it up really really big.’

‘What? Anything else?’


‘Is he hot?’ she pressed.

I growled. ‘Fine, yes, okay. He’s hot. And he dresses well. But that’s like, it.’

A wide grin spread across her cheeks.

‘Who’s the hottest in the band?’

‘I don’t know. Calum?’

Actually, Ashton was. Not by a long way, but he was definitely hot. There was no way I was going to tell Ciara that though. Anyway, don’t judge a book by its cover right? It didn’t excuse him for being stuck-up.

Ciara shook her head.

‘You’re hopeless, honey.


‘At least I’ve knocked some sense into you.’

‘Is my lesson over?’

‘For tonight, yeah.’ She winked at me as she flicked the lights back on.

‘I’ll have to try and persuade you about Ashton some other time.’

‘Oh yay! I can hardly wait!’

Ciara laughed at my sarcastic comment, and opened her laptop again.

‘Want to stick around and read some fan fictions?’

I paused on my way to the door. ‘What’s a fan fiction?’

She laughed. ‘A story about someone famous, like 5SOS, written by fans. There’s this good one I’m reading now, Simmer Down. It’s really good, it’s about-‘

I held up my hand to stop her, wincing slightly.

‘Thanks, but no thanks Ciara.’

‘Suit yourself. See you tomorrow?’

I smiled.

‘Yep. And thanks, you know, for all your help.’

‘No problem. You’re my one-step-closer to Luke, so it’s a fair exchange.’

I giggled.

‘Goodnight Ciara.’

‘Goodnight Emma.’


the video i mentioned in this is an actual vid - here’s the link, it’s like the funniest thing i’ve ever seen haha -


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